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Golden Melody Awards nominees announced (update)
Central News Agency
2014-05-20 10:51 PM
Taipei, May 20 (CNA) The nominees for this year's Golden Melody Awards were announced Tuesday, with Singaporean singer-songwriter Tanya Chua hoping for her fourth Best Mandarin Female Singer win.

Chua will compete in the category with Taiwan's Faith Yang and Jia Jia, Malaysia's Penny Tai and Hong Kong's Denise Ho, according to the list of nominees released by the Ministry of Culture's Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development.

The Singaporean singer won the Best Mandarin Female Singer in 2006, 2008 and 2012, making her the only female artist to have won three times in the category. In the Best Mandarin Male Singer category, Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin will go up against Taiwan's Chang Chen-yue, also known by his aboriginal name Ayal Komod, Wakin Chau, rapper Soft Lipa and China's Li Ronghao.

The five nominees for Best Mandarin Album are Li Ronghao's "Model," Chinese singer Li Jian's "Classic 2013 Remake Collections," Chang Chen-yue's "I Am Ayal Komod," Soft Lipa's "Secrets of Tu Cheng Hsi: Renovate" and Wakin Chau's "Jiang Hu."

"Model" and "Classic 2013 Remake Collections" led the pack with five nominations each.

Taiwanese bands ChthoniC, The Chairman, Fire EX., Tizzy Bac, Sodagreen, Funky Brothers and Mixer will vie for the Best Band award.

Meanwhile, the Special Contribution Award will go to late music producer Peng Kuo-hua in recognition of his contribution to the Taiwan music scene. Peng has distributed over 600 albums during his time as manager of two record labels.

The Jury Award, on the other hand, remains vacant after the judges failed to reach a consensus on nominees after three rounds of voting, according to the bureau. A total of 123 works will compete in 24 categories at the 25th Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan's equivalent of the Grammys.

This year, 398 albums and 11,982 works were submitted for consideration, and the list of nominees was determined by an 81-member jury.

The awards ceremony, hosted by singer-songwriter Harlem Yu, will be held at the Taipei Arena June 28 and broadcast live by Taiwan Television Enterprise. (By Christie Chen)

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